The San Diego Padres placed left-handed pitcher Sterling Hitchcock on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow strain and recalled right-handed pitcher Dennis Tankersley from Triple-A Portland. In addition, outfielder Brian Buchanan elected to become a free agent instead of accepting an outright assignment to Triple-A Portland.
August 24, 2004
Humberto Quintero has continued his hot hitting with Portland. Justin Germano is making his bid for the fifth spot in the rotation. RD Spiehs broke a personal four game losing streak. Sterling Hitchcock has something to say about the fifth spot with a start in Lake Elsinore. Fort Wayne split two. Sean Kazmar had the best day of any player in the Padres system. Storm first baseman Michael Johnson returned – in Peoria.
August 1, 2004
Jake Gautreau punctuated his slam of a night ago with two more homers. Gabe Ribas rebounded from three horrible starts to earn a win. Sterling Hitchcock had a great night for Lake Elsinore. Jared Wells, on the other hand, had his worst outing of the year. Lachlan Dale and Sean Kazmar paced Eugene's 16 run outburst while Matthew Varner got it done on the mound. Matt Bush made his much anticipated debut with Peoria.
July 22, 2004
Sterling Hitchcock was back on the hill in Portland, allowing the only run the Beavers gave up and leaving early…again. A doubleheader is set for Mobile on Wednesday, while BayBear hurler Tim Stauffer was named pitcher of the week. Eddie Bonine has yet to make a successful transition to the California League. Paul McAnulty has the hot bat again. Fort Wayne scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to get the win. Fernando Valenzuela had four hits to pace the Wizards.
June 9, 2004
Sterling Hitchcock hits a bump in the road. Ben Johnson is solid as a rock in Mobile. He has homered in three consecutive games. David Pauley is getting better and better, is a no-hitter next? The Wizards bullpen looked like it would hold a slim lead but ended up blowing it and taking another loss.
May 26, 2004
Without Sean Thompson, Mark Prior may have actually been the only show to see against the Wizards and Prior said he was happy with his performance, but Thompson was outstanding. Terry Byrom commented on the game and how Wizard batters looked. Lake Elsinore, meanwhile, stayed hot in the batters box. Between Mobile and Fort Wayne, Padres prospects managed just five hits and one was by Mobile pitcher Brian Whitaker. Sterling Hitchcock's return was not encouraging.
May 21, 2004
The San Diego Padres have had a run of bad luck over the past two weeks. From players going to the disabled list five hours too late to other assorted problems. There is bright news, however, on the horizon, although it could be clouded by varied reports. What it does to the makeup of the team could shape the rest of the season.
May 18, 2004